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Department of the Air Force
Child Development Center
7205 North 137th Avenue
Luke AFB, AZ 85309-1523
Programs and services are available at most installations for children up to age 12. Care may be provided in Child Development Centers, School Age Care Programs, and Family Child Care Homes. Please review the information to find out what programs and services are available at this installation. Please contact the Child and Youth Program point of contact at this installation if you require information, assistance or resources for child care in your local community.
The Family Child Care (FCC) Program offers home-based child care in licensed homes for children age two weeks through twelve years. These self-employed providers operate their home independently in compliance with strict Air Force policies, including frequent inspections and close monitoring by the Family Child Care staff. Extensive background screening and orientation training must be completed prior to licensing. Full-time, part-time, hourly, weekends, extended hours and school age care is available. For more information, call the Family Child Care Office at Comm: 623-856-2684 or DSN 312-896-2684. The office is located in building 1140.
The Child Development Center is open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The CDC cares for children ages 6 weeks to five years of age. The Center is open for exercises as directed by the Squadron Commander. Family Child Care and School Age Programs are also provided by the centers. The CDC is in building 1119. For more information please call 623-856-6339, 623-856-6338, DSN 312-896-6339, or DSN 312-896-6338.
Child Development Center
The Child Development Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The CDC has numerous activities, to both entertain and assist your child's learning in a safe supervised environment.
Whether your child is six week old or five years of age, the CDC provides a high quality care program to assist you. The child development program was established to meet the needs of working parents by providing a safe, developmental program that provides a variety of activities including independent and organized group play.
The CDC's activity centers include reading, manipulative play, music, painting, sand and water play. Weather permitting; children may play outside on playground equipment. The Center provides breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks.
Types of Care
Full-time care and limited drop-in hourly care are available at the Luke CDC. Reservations are required for hourly drop-in care that is offered on a space available basis with a two hour minimum.
AFI 34-248, Child Development Programs, defines children with "special needs" as those with physical and/or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such impairment. Child Development programs are authorized to accept these children under certain conditions. An Individual Education Plan of any child diagnosed with a special need is required. Determination of special need must be made by the CDC Medical Advisor and Center Management. A child with special health problems or handicaps may be admitted with the written concurrent of the Medical Advisor prior to acceptance into the program. Once the child with special needs is accepted into the program a written plan of care developed jointly by medical advisor, special education professionals, child development management and parents and this play must be followed for the child having special needs.
Active duty military and DOD civilians assigned to Luke AFB have first priority.
AFI 34-248, Child Development Centers, requires bases establish and follow priorities for use of center spaces. In addition, it requires that the Mission Support Commander give Active Duty military and Department of Defense civilian employed parents assigned to Luke a higher priority than other families. To clarify, eligible patrons include all Active Duty military personnel, DOD Appropriated Fund and Non-Appropriated Fund civilian personnel, reservists on active duty or on inactive duty training, and DOD contractors.
Based on this guidance, priority placement of children in Luke AFB CYP's is as follows:
To ensure your child's enrollment at the Center, all forms must be completed and your child's immunizations must be up-to-date to include annual flu vaccine. Documents necessary to complete your child's registration:
Rates are based on total family income. If the child is not living with the parent in which is the sponsor, the total income of the household in which the child is living, exclusive of child support is used to determine total family income. Drop-in care is $7.00 per hour, per child with a minimum of two hours charged per child per visit. After the first two hours, the rate is broken down into half-hour increments. Drop-in care is based on availability.
Luke CDC does have a waiting list. MilitaryChildCare.com offers access to comprehensive information on military-operated and subsidized child care options, including installation child development centers, school-age programs and family child care. Serving as the single gateway for child care information, the site gives families a streamlined, convenient process for finding and requesting care. Sublet care is available through our new app Kinderspot. Patrons can download the app and reserve spaces for weeks at a time.
Hours of Operation
The CDC is open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our program is closed on all Federal holidays and down days as directed by the base. The Center is open for exercises as directed by the Squadron Commander. The CDC is located in Building 1119. For more information please call 623-856-6338, 623-856-6339, DSN 312-896-6338, or DSN 312-896-6339.
The School Age Program is designed to provide developmental care promoting readiness and quality of life. The School Age philosophy is to provide opportunities for youth to develop their physical, social, emotional and cognitive abilities, and to experience achievement, leadership, enjoyment, friendship and recognitions. School Age Program is located in building 1143, Youth Programs. For more information called 623-856-7470/7471 or DSN 312-896-7470/7471.
The Youth Center assists active duty personnel and DoD civilians by offering a safe learning environment for youths ages 6 to 18. Located in Building 1143 near Fowler Park, the Youth Center is affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs and 4H/USDA..
Our programs are designed to encourage members 9-18 to realize a wide variety of positive outcomes, a strategy for developing the "whole child." Youth Programs focuses on on helping children and teens achieve in our three priority outcome areas of Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. We offer tested, proven and nationally recognized programs in five Core Program Areas that closely align with the developmental needs of all young people.
These five core areas are Leadership and Service, Education, Health and Wellness, The Arts and Sports and Recreation. Continuing programs include instructional classes (ages 5-18), organized sports (ages 3-18), full day summer and holiday camp programs (ages 9-18).
For program specific information visit the Youth Programs, or call 623-856-7470/7471, DSN 896-7470, or DSN 896-7470/7471, at thelukevents.com or https://www.facebook.com/lukeyouthprograms